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Uganda News – March 2013

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary wants you to celebrate in style this Easter Greetings!

Celebrate this Easter with the chimpanzees at Ngamba Island.

Enjoy an exclusive chi mpanzee experience for a day or simply have a get -away in our comfortable tented camp as you watch chimpanzees feed, groom each other and display human like antics.

You may like to take out one of the kayaks around the island bays and treat yourself to s ights of monitor lizards, otters and abundant bird life; over 120 species sited.

Crown this up with a Lake Victoria sunset cruise. Cross the equator line and view the sunset over the horizon as you enjoy snacks and drinks on board.

The satisfaction comes from the fact that by visiting them at Ngamba Island, you are directly contributing to their welfare and the overall conservation of this endangered species.

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NKidepo NP Celebrates 50th Year
Kidepo Valley National Park, one of the most remote National Parks in Uganda located in the North Easterly region, is celebrating 50 years of National Park status this year. There are plans within the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to celebrate the milestone with a Golden Jubilee year!

The park itself covers an ar ea of 1442km² and borders Sudan and Kenya (if only over a 5km strip). The celebrations have already begun for the park this year, as it was recently named the third best national park in all of Africa by the CNN Travel site, citing huge herds of wildlife i ncluding buffalo, ostrich, giraffe and even cheetah, and undisturbed natural scenery, no doubt a result of its remote location.

‘Kidep’ means ‘to pick’ in the native Karamajong and was taken up by the first colonialists in the area as the name, transformi ng it into ‘Kidepo’ for ease of pronounciation. In 1958 it was gazetted as a game reserve and in 1962 it was given National Park status by the newly established Ugandan government.

Uganda is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the African continent and is also one of the most protected.

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The strong start to the year for Uganda continues as it receives even more international recognition for it’s natural excellence, this time naming the Source of the Nile one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa!

The announcement marks the culmination of the first half of the Seven Wonders of Africa Project, which was founded in 2008 by Dr Philip Imler, a passionate conservationsist with experience in travel, healthcare and non-profit work. The objectives of the Project are to deliver nature related education, foster an affection for the amazing wild world, and encourage philosophies and practices of conservation.

Ms Marai Mutagamba, the Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, said of the announcement: ‘This is a great achievement to the country and with the aims of such an accolade, we should have a shared responsibility such that we can start the conservation from here.

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